Exciting live gigs, comedy and trad programme for Boyle Arts festival

The 23rd annual Boyle Arts Festival kicks off in just over two weeks time, opening on Thursday, July 26 until August 4 and as always, there’s something for everyone in this year’s eagerly anticipated Festival.

The 23rd annual Boyle Arts Festival kicks off in just over two weeks time, opening on Thursday, July 26 until August 4 and as always, there’s something for everyone in this year’s eagerly anticipated Festival.

In the live gig programme, things get off to a roaring start on Friday, July 27 with a very special gig by the Choice and Meteor nominated four piece, The Flaws, whose debut album, ‘Achieving Vagueness’ was a critically acclaimed masterpiece, dripping with beautiful harmonies and dazzling guitars. The band will be supported on the night by Roscommon’s We Town Criers whose anthemic choruses and catchy melodies will leave you crying for more!

With bass, drums and driving twin acoustic guitars delivering a euphoric mix of latin, rock, trad, flamenco & dance, Sligo instrumental group Túcan, have played sold out Vicar Street gigs alongside Lisa Hannigan, Cathy Davey & Divine Comedy. You can check them out for yourself on Saturday, July 28, when they stop by at Daly’s Storehouse, supported by Paddy Fennelly.

Emily Whelan makes a welcome appearance at Creighton’s Bar on July 29. Emily is an up and coming singer songwriter whose unique songs about life, love and everything in between, will hold you and move you in ways that only real music can.

‘The Men Who Knew Too Much’ play in Daly’s Bar on Wed August 1. These excellent musicians cut right through the average with their choice of jazz, country, blues and folk. You can hear television themes, western swing and classic ballads. A delightful band, full of self deprecating humour.

With a neat mix of instruments and electronics, Come On Live Long have gone from strength to strength since last year’s gig for BAF. Check them out on August 3 at Daly’s Storehouse when they will be supported by Red Queen Contest, a dual fronted four-piece with soaring harmonies, gritty guitars and an almighty rhythm section.

In the Comedy programme, this year’s unmissable event has to be The Nualas. They may be older, wiser and heftier but like your favourite washing powder, they are also new, improved but exactly the same! Friday July 27 sees the girls stop by at King House for what promises to be one of the highlights of BAF 2012.

Truewest Theatre present ‘Mary Motorhead’ in King House on July 30 and anyone who saw this play’s companion piece ‘The Head Of Red O’Brien’ at BAF 2010 will just know that they are in for a treat. The renowned Boyle Drama Group will present the hilarious dramatised version of that paean to teen angst, ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 and ¾’ in St. Joseph’s hall on August 1st.

The Traditional music programme gets off to a great start this year with a spellbinding traditional music session in Mattimoe’s bar on Monday July 30 while on Thursday August 2, the always popular Boyle Singers Group present their ‘Singers Night’ in Dodd’s bar. ‘An Evening of Summer Music’ with John Carty’s Festival Band will bring Boyle Arts Festival 2012 to a close with a very special concert in St. Joseph’s Hall on August 4. Enjoy a wonderful night’s music with one of traditional music’s super greats John Carty, who will be joined by his Festival Band. This summer gig promises a celebratory atmosphere as Carty and friends play a unique spectrum of traditional music with influences from the 1920s, old time, swing/jazz to O’Carolan and beyond. All these influences will be interwoven into a carnival occasion of uplifting music and song.

Bookings for all events can also be made at the Festival office, next door to Marian’s, Bridge St. Boyle. The office is open every day (excluding Sundays) from July 2 to August 4. For more information and our full programme go to www.boylearts.com Tel. 071 9663085. Email info@boylearts.com or find us on Facebook.